The Texans fell to the Titans in a tighter-than-anticipated contest in Nashville, eventually succumbing 24-13. This was a good performance from the Texans, particularly given the string of injuries suffered during the game, running a likely playoff team close.
Here are the Texans’ Studs and Duds from the loss:
STUD: Tom Savage
Savage had his best day in a Texans jersey, nearly pulling off a road win. Passing for 365 yards and a touchdown with just one turnover on a desperate late heave to the end zone — amidst all the injuries — was a superb showing.
DUD: Ka’imi Fairbairn
Faibairn missed twice in the first half, including an awful shank from just 28 yards out, ultimately costing the Texans. Fairbairn did hit twice on the day, but if he goes 4-for-4, Houston might well have won this game.
STUD: Stephen Anderson
Part tight end, part wide receiver, Anderson had a career day on Sunday. Anderson capitalized on extended opportunities as the only healthy tight end and secondary receiving option with a five-catch, 79-yard day including an excellent low touchdown catch and outstanding sliding grab to convert a 4th-and-19.
DUD: Kevin Johnson
Another rough outing for Johnson, something that is becoming far too regular an occurrence. Missed tackles, a clear pass interference that the player bizarrely seemed to think was a bad call, and lapses in coverage were the story again for Johnson. The 2015 first-rounder has failed to kick on after a good rookie season and he needs to turn it around if he wants to stay with the team beyond his rookie contract.
STUD: DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins somehow battled his way to 80 yards today (and drew a pass interference call) despite being bracketed and double teamed all game long with the rest of the Texans receiving corps injured. Hopkins is cementing himself in the upper echelon of NFL receivers once again after a down year in 2016.
DUD: Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney was probably one of the Texans most impactful defenders today, so listing him as a dud feels wrong, but he wasn’t the otherworldly presence he has been in recent weeks, only making three tackles (one for a loss) and failing to register even a QB hit, though he did draw a holding call. However, Clowney jumped offsides three times during the game as he struggled to decipher Marcus Mariota’s cadence, a poor showing from a man who should be better at this stage in his career.